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House Histories Workshop in Portsmouth, May 11

Have you ever wanted to research the history of your house? This workshop offers an introduction to house histories with house historian Melanie Backe-Hansen and design historian Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan. It covers information and practical advice on how to research the history of your house, who lived in it and how it was decorated […]

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CFP: Post/Colonial Ports : Place and Nonplace in the Ecotone

Post/Colonial Ports : Place and Nonplace in the Ecotone Concordia University, Montreal, Canada October 24-26, 2019 Conference #6 in the Ecotone series In partnership with EMMA (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3), MIGRINTER (CNRS-Université de Poitiers) and La Maison Française d’Oxford Deadline for submitting proposals: April 5, 2019 After conferences in Montpellier, Poitiers and La Réunion (France, 2015, 2016 […]

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Desire is projected across ‘empty’ space in Calvino’s Invisible Cities. 

Seascape with Distant Coast, by J. M. W. Turner, c. 1830-1845. © Tate. Image reproduced by permission of Tate and under CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported).

Port Cities and Desire in the Work of Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino’s (1923-1985) Invisible Cities is a work of fiction that continuously reimagines the city of Venice. It demonstrates that the same urban landscape may offer numerous different promises to its various spectators: of new lives and new possibilities, but also of new sensualities, transgressions, and experiments. This article will draw on a number of […]

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Boat Building at Bridport Harbour, c.19th Century.
By Permission of Bridport Town Council

The Naval History Blog: No. 8

Why maritime history matters: Maritime highways – A personal journey. In his Pulitzer Prize winning book aptly titled The Prize, Daniel Yergin quotes Admiral ‘Jacky’ Fisher as telling Winston Churchill, on the latter’s appointment to First Lord of the Admiralty in September 1911, ‘east of Suez oil is cheaper than coal.’[1] It later became clear […]

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